Kumquat Fruit Drink Recipe/ Resep Jeruk Kietna Kumquat ala Medan/ 金桔饮料

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Kumquat Fruit Drink or “minuman jeruk kietna”  is one of my favourite drink when I was a kid. My mom came from a city called Medan, in North Sumatera, and this drink is very popular there. I am pretty sure it is quite popular also in some other cities, but each household may have different method to make them. Usually if a relative come for a visit from Medan, she/ he will bring some of “kietna” drink for us in a plastic jar. My mom would keep it in the refrigerator and sometimes after dinner, we would enjoy the cold drink together while watching tv. So refreshing, sweet and sour, bit salty. Very nice after dinner especially in a humid hot day! Even though we enjoyed it in air conditioned room 🙂

Back to present, I didn’t think of this drink until I went to my friend’s house (one of mother’s group mom), and she has this huge kumquat tree full of golden kumquat fruits. *jaw dropped*
I have kumquat tree at home, a small one, and it just gave me about 10 fruits last two years, and none last year.  So, I was very excited when I saw her tree, and the memories from my childhood about this drink came across. In the end, I got plenty of kumquat fruits from my friend’s tree, and ready to make some drink.

Back at home, I asked my mom how to make this, and my mom doesn’t know, oops! My mom told me to ask my auntie who live in Medan, she sometimes make the drink when the fruits are in season, so here is my auntie recipe!

Recipe makes 2 jar @ 1 liter capacity:

1 kg fresh kumquat fruit/ jeruk kietna
50 gr coarse salt
600-800 gr sugar (I used 700 gr sugar)
100 gr preserved red plum
50 gr preserved white plum
2 sterile jar capacity @1 liter

 


Fresh kumquat!


After salting process

 

 
Steamed kumquat fruit, sugar and preserved plum. Ready to be mixed!


Delicious looking already!


Ready to be served!!

 

PS: My auntie said, if you keep this jar in the refrigerator for longer time, the flavour will be more intense, as the sugar syrup absorbs more flavour from the kumquat fruit and also preserved plum!

NYUM!!!!!

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Minuman jeruk kietna asem asem manis segar!! Cocok banget untuk hari panas atau setelah makan yang asin pedas-pedas!!
Minuman ini waktu ku kecil, biasanya mamaku simpan di toples plastik di kulkas. Sehabis makan malam kadang kita buat minuman ini sambil nonton tv, rasanya enak sekali! 🙂
*childhood memories*
Anyway, waktu berkunjung ke rumah teman, di taman-nya ada pohon jeruk kumquat yang buahnya lebat, kepikiran deh untuk buat minuman jeruk kietna ini. Buahnya banyak banget! Sampai ngiler pengen petik petik petik, tapi tahan diri soalnya pohon orang di kebun orang. ;D
Setelah minta izin, baru deh kupetik sekitar satu kantong plastik gede. Waktu pulang kutimbang ada 1.5 kg-an. Wah… terima kasih banyak ya teman! Bisa bikin banyak minuman jeruk kietna nih!!

Untuk resepnya, aku coba tanya mama-ku, tapi ternyata beliau tidak tahu bagaimana bikinnya. Jadinya kutanya jiuma ku. Ternyata yang kupetik jeruk kumquat itu beda sama jeruk kietna yang biasa mereka pakai :o. Tapi kata jiuma jeruk kietna bisa juga dipakai, malah lebih enak. So, resepnya ya:

 

Resep minuman jeruk kietna (kumquat) ala Medan untuk 2 botol x 1 Liter:

1 kg jeruk kumquat/ kietna
50 gr garam kasar
600-800 gr gula pasir (aku pakai 700 gr)
100 gr asinan plum merah
50 gr asinan plum putih

 

PS: Kata jiuma ku, kalau disimpan di kulkas, minuman ini makin lama makin enak karena sirup gula meresap rasa dari jeruk dan juga asian plum. Jadi minum pelan-pelan ya!! 🙂